A Brookings commercial crab fisherman has been cited for first-degree water pollution after he allegedly dumped nearly 5,000 pounds of rotting, skinned mink carcasses into the Port of Brookings Harbor last week.

Charles Case, 48,owner of the fishing vessel Ann Me, was cited by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division last weekend, according to OSP Officer Brandon Smithers, who is investigating the incident.

Mink carcasses are sometimes used by commercial fisherman as crab bait. The meat can be purchased frozen from mink farms and arrive as full carcasses without their pelts.

Smithers and port officials determined that Case and his fishing crew dumped the mink carcasses the night of April 1 or early April 2.

Citizens and port employees noticed the bloated, rotten carcasses on the surface the morning of April 2.